Posted: 19/10/17 by A Bell & Co Ltd
Bell Northampton (A Bell & Co) won the Small Business of the Year award at the East Midlands heat of the Chamber Business Awards 2017.
Bell’s success means it will go on to represent the East Midlands at the national finals which will be staged by the British Chambers of Commerce in London next month.
The firm’s managing director Graham Jackson said: “Winning the award in the year that Northamptonshire Chamber is also celebrating its centenary has given the accolade even more kudos for us as a business because we are a founder member of the Chamber.
“This award is an affirmation of the dramatic changes that Bell has undertaken over the past few years. We have seen significant changes in our product offer and our success as a home store.
“Traditionally we were known as a fire and stove shop. Now, we are truly a lifestyle department store and have attracted customers who hadn’t considered shopping with us previously. We will be adding even more in 2018 with a new restaurant due to open in spring.
“We have doubled our turnover in the past the three years and increased our profit.”
Now in their 14th year, the British Chambers of Commerce awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy.
Francis Martin, president of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “Our judges are always impressed by the high standard of submissions and the calibre of entries this year was no different.
“The finalists in the Chamber Business Awards represent the best of this country’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and hard work.”
Picture: Graham Jackson receiving their certificate from Northamptonshire Chamber’s President Kevin Shapland.